The 2020-21 college football bowl season rolls on with three intriguing matchups on New Year’s Eve. The action gets underway at noon ET when No. 24 Tulsa battles the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl. Tulsa is 7-1 against the spread in its last eight games and the Golden Hurricane are favored by 1.5-points in the latest college football bowl odds from William Hill Sportsbook.
That matchup is followed by Ball State vs. San Jose State at 2 p.m. ET in the 2020 Arizona Bowl, and the final game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET when Army takes the field against West Virginia in the 2020 Liberty Bowl. Army is giving up just 14 points per game this season, one of the main reasons why the over-under sits at 41, according to the latest college football lines. Before finalizing any college football bets for Thursday’s bowl schedule, be sure to see the top college football bowl expert picks, predictions and best bets from Barrett Sallee.
Sallee is a true insider — a CBS Sports analyst, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and consistently one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread — and his best bets have helped bring in huge returns. He debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way.
He went 59-35-2 (63 percent, plus $2,037) on all his college football picks for SportsLine in 2019, and he also enters today’s action on a 76-46 streak on his best bets since the start of last year. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Now, he has turned his attention to the college football odds for the 2020-21 bowl schedule from William Hill and is sharing his top three best bets over at SportsLine. If you parlay them together, you could be looking at a return of 6-1. Get his top college football picks now.
Top college football expert predictions for Dec. 31 bowl games
One of Sallee’s top college football picks for bowl action on Dec. 31: He is backing the over 64 as the Ball State Cardinals take on the San Jose State Spartans on Thursday in the 2020 Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium.
The Spartans feature an explosive aerial attack, averaging 301.3 passing yards per game this season. Quarterback Nick Starkel is completing 65.1 percent of his passes this season and he’s thrown two or more touchdown passes in each of his last four outings. In San Jose State’s victory over Boise State in the MWC title game, Starkel threw for 453 yards and three scores.
Ball State, meanwhile, is scoring 34.3 points per game on average, the 26th-best mark in the country. The Cardinals have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three games, and the total has gone over in Ball State’s last five games played on a Thursday.
“Both of these teams have explosive offenses and weather shouldn’t be much of an issue in Arizona,” Sallee told SportsLine. “This has the feeling of one of those crazy postseason bowls that we all remember forever.”
How to make college football bowl picks for Dec. 31
Sallee has also found two other college football picks he loves for Thursday, including a play in a game where it’ll likely come down to one or two key plays on offense. You can only see his picks at SportsLine.
What are the best bets for the Dec. 31 bowl schedule? And which offense will lead its team to victory? Visit SportsLine now to see Barrett Sallee’s college football best bets, all from one of the top analysts in the nation who has crushed his picks for SportsLine.